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Issue Details: First known date: 1929... vol. 1 no. 10 20 September 1929 of All About Books est. 1928 All About Books
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  • Includes third part of New Zealand Literature : Historian and Novelists. The first part is in Volume 1 Number 8.
  • MacFarlane reviews at length, amongst other shorter reviews, Wodehouse' Summer Lightning, and Windfall's Eve by E.V. Lucas.
  • New column titled 'Children's Books' reviews A.J. Talbot's The Pond Mermaid and Other Verse for Children and Harold Dearden's sex education book A Wonderful Adventure.
  • 'Views, News and Reviews' also has a review of Lorna Rea's Six Mrs. Greenes, including a photograph of the author and her children and correspondence as well as reprinted book selections and reports from English papers.
  • 'Best-seller' lists from England, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand are included under the title 'What England and America are Reading'.
  • Includes extensive reviews of Great Modern British Plays, 'Are We in the Second Great Period of British Drama?' and Eden Phillpotts' Tryphena.
  • Includes reports of the meetings of other Literary Societies inside both front and back covers.


* Contents derived from the 1929 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Some Recent Biographies, Vernon Knowles , single work review
Knowles reviews fifteen biographies including five by Emil Ludwig, four by Dame Ethel Smyth, and two about Isadora Duncan.
(p. 301-302)
The Worm Turns, Moore Raymond , single work short story humour
In this brief piece, Raymond's narrator finds freedom in admitting under 'literary cross-examination' that he is unlikely to have read literary works currently in favour.
(p. 302)
Note: Written as: N. E. Moore Raymond.
'Coonardoo', Nettie Palmer , single work review
— Review of Coonardoo : The Well in the Shadow Katharine Susannah Prichard , 1928 single work novel ;
(p. 305-304)
Echoes of War, S. M. MacFarlane , single work review
— Review of Im Westen nichts Neues Erich Maria Remarque , 1929 single work novel ;
(p. 306)
A Great Travel Book, Phil Grim , single work review
— Review of Express to Hindustan : Motocar Journey from London to Delhi. M. H. Ellis , 1929 single work prose ;
(p. 308-309)
A Reader's Notebook, Nettie Palmer , single work review
— Review of Songs of a Fuzzy-Top: Being, Mainly, the Love Story of a South Sea Islander, Told in His Own Peculiar English Jack McLaren , 1926 selected work poetry ; Two Masters A. W. Wheen , 1923 single work novella ; The Bushwhackers : Sketches of Life in the Australian Outback P. R. Stephensen , 1929 selected work short story ; Mateship with Birds Alec H. Chisholm , 1922 selected work prose ; Birds and Green Places : A Book of Australian Nature Gossip Alec H. Chisholm , 1929 single work non-fiction ;
(p. 310-311)
'All Quiet' Sweeps the World, single work column
Brief report of sales.
(p. 313)
Children's Book by Mervyn Skipper, single work review
— Review of The Meeting-Pool : A Tale of Borneo Mervyn Skipper , 1929 selected work children's fiction ;
(p. 313)
Cultural Development in Australia, Linda B. Sidney , single work biography (p. 315)
Some Mystery - Detective Stories, G. W. Wicking , single work review
— Review of The Lonely House Arthur Gask , 1929 single work novel ;
(p. 316-317)
The Spirit Of Youth : Jeffery Farnol's Claim to Greatness, John Hetherington , single work review
Hetherington reviews Farnol's popular fiction charging that only 'high-brows' would take exception to it.
(p. 320)
A Lost Company, E. J. Brady , single work column
Brady suggests that the company of the ship the Gilt Dragon lost off the coast of Western Australia would make a suitable subject for Australian artists and writers.
(p. 321-322)
Our Prize Novel a Best Seller in England, single work column (p. 324)
Further Brief News of Novels of Interest, William Craig , single work review
— Review of The Dark River Norman Springer , 1929 single work novel ;
(p. 326)
Australian Drama : Some Thoughts Stimulated by the Australian Drama Night Held by the Australian Literature Society on August 25, John Quill , Mrs. Vernon Williams , Mary Simpson , Gerald Byrne , single work column
Byrne, Simpson, and Williams discuss performances of one act plays The Copper Fire, Absalom, Charlotte and Settling the Sectarian Question in the context of a debate sparked by St. John Ervine's attack on Australian theatre in the London Observer, 21 July, 1921 and the resulting correspondence from Mary Fullerton and other Australians. Quill reports.
(p. 329-330)

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